The program is designed to fight climate change and grow a greener province. It represents a pledge the province made in 2007 to plant 50 million trees as part of the United Nations' Billion Tree Campaign.
Trees planted under the program are helping to clean the air and fight climate change by removing about 6.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by 2050, which is the equivalent of taking 1.1 million cars off the road for an entire year, according to a provincial news release.
The 10-millionth tree was planted in Bronte Creek Provincial Park, where the first tree was planted by Premier Dalton McGuinty when he announced the program in 2007.
Creating a greener Ontario is part of the McGuinty government's plan to fight climate change and secure a brighter future for all Ontarians, according to the news release.
“Planting trees is one of the best things individuals can do to help fight climate change and make the province greener for our children and grandchildren,” Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle said. “I commend the landowners who have taken part in this wonderful tree-planting program and encourage others to do the same.”
Trees Ontario is “excited” to continue as the lead delivery agent for the Ontario government's 50 Million Tree Program, Trees Ontario CEO Robert Keen said.
“On behalf of our 65-plus planting partners, we are thrilled to announce the planting of 10 million trees under this program since its inception in 2007. We look forward to working with our partners and landowners to continue to ensure the health of Ontarians through the re-greening of the province.”
Quick Facts:- More than 1,000 landowners have taken part in the 50 Million Tree Program to date.
- Trees Ontario, working with its partners, is delivering the program through the largest not-for-profit tree-planting partnership in North America.
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